Shigeki Tanaka R2 Damascus Petty 135mm

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A superb example of design and performance in the mid sized petty from Tanaka san, the layering in the steel and balance of the blade make it a very useful smaller knife for a wide range of jobs in the kitchen.


While you may be drawn by the looks initially, Tanaka san has also created an excellent knife that's evenly ground and impressively sharp out of the box. 

We'd expect as much from a highly experienced master blacksmith and the edge retention offered by the hard R2 steel will ensure good performance between honing and sharpening. 


If looks are important then you're going to love this range. From the traditional kiri wood presentation box the knife arrives in to the beautifully exposed layering along the length of the blade, each knife is completely unique and you'll enjoy looking at it as much as using it. 


Fitted with a traditional teak and black buffalo wood octagonal wa handle the knife is nimble and well balanced. 


Hardened to approximately 62-63HRC, the R2 steel used in the core and cutting edge of the knife will have excellent edge retention while being reasonably easy to sharpen and maintain.

Ease of care

Caring for the knife and maintaining its sharpness is as easy as rinsing and drying after use and periodically honing it with a ceramic rod to keep the edge in top condition.

We do also recommend you store it on a knife block or rack if possible. 

Value for money

The R2 is some of Tanaka san's finest work and a real treat to use in the kitchen. Every unique pattern on the knives is beautiful and the performance is excellent and we feel that this is a range well worth looking at for any keen home chef or knife collector. 

Product details

  • Blade Length: 135mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 265mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade width: 1.95mm (Measured where blade enters handle)
  • Blade height: 30.5mm (Heel to spine)
  • Total weight: 62 grams
  • Sharpness score: 116 (See how we measure this)
  • Steel Type - Cladding: Stainless
  • Steel Type - Cutting edge: R2
  • Left or Right handed: Either
  • Hardness: 62-63 (HRC)
  • Handle style: Japanese
  • Handle material: Octagonal teak and black buffalo

Our aim is to measure everything as accurately as possible but some specifications (such as hardness for example) are provided by the manufacturer and therefore should be used as a guide only.

What you get

The knife comes in a traditional kiri wood presentation box which is perfect for storage if you don't yet have a knife rack or block which also makes for a wonderful gift box.

Why buy this range

Excellent edge retention on the R2 steel combined with a beautiful 33 layered design make it a great performer with outstanding looks.

Blacksmith Profile

Shigeki Tanaka

A fourth generation blacksmith, Shigeki Tanaka and his small workshop based in Miki City are highly regarded for their skill and experience which has been passed down through the generations.

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